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Ravencoin Community Clash Over Mining Algorithm Continues

The Ravencoin community continues to argue over what mining algorithm the project should adopt in the future to best deter ASICs, despite Ravencoin conducting a hard fork intended to bolster ASIC-resistance just five months ago.

Tron Black, Ravencoin’s lead developer, posted an update on Feb. 18 stating that “work is ongoing to test various alternative algos for mining Ravencoin.” He added that the campaign to change algorithms is being led by “a large contingent of GPU miners.”

Ravencoin is ASICs resistant for now

“Several algos have been tried with benchmarking. Some will not work because they are too slow for validation,” Black continued.

The post also asserted that five “major features” had been activated on the security token platform’s main net during February, including messaging, dividends and restricted assets. The updates also saw RVN’s KYC tagging system go live.

Ravencoin versus ASICs

Ravencoin’s whitepaper, published April 3, 2018, advanced ASIC-resistance as a core utility offered by the project’s x16r mining algorithm - which was designed to “to prevent immediate dominance by mining pools, and future dominance by ASIC mining equipment.”

The document argued that ASIC-resistance is needed to “allow the mining rate to increase” and “gradually disburse [RVN] to holders that understand the value of the platform.”

Evidence suggesting that ASICs may have infiltrated the network first emerged during July 2019 when an article published on Medium purported to show that a single mining pool had come to accumulate 10% - 20% of mined blocks during Feb. 2019, before growing to dominate 30% - 40% of the network the following month. As of July 11, 2019, the mystery pool was mining 45% of RVN blocks. Read More